The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit will kick off a week from today with a “Parade of Planes” through Palm Springs.
More than 70 planes will taxi from Palm Springs International Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center, where the convention will be held Oct. 11-13.
Next Wednesday’s parade will take a one-mile route west along Alejo Road from the back entrance of the airport and south on Avenida Caballeros to the convention center.
The aircraft will be on display inside and outside the venue for three days, city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell said.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit is one of the industry’s largest aviation trade shows and conventions, according to James Canfield, executive director of the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts are expected to attend, with seminars, interactive exhibits and speeches planned. Actor Harrison Ford will participate in the Oct. 12 keynote address and the “Night for Flight” benefit.
Members of Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska” are scheduled attend, including Dave Coulier, best known for the sitcom “Full House,” according to Blaisdell.
On the last day of the conference, the planes will taxi back to the airport, going east on Amado Road, north on Sunrise and then east along Alejo Road.
From 9 a.m. Oct. 10 through 9 a.m. Oct. 15, Kirk Douglas Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic for aircraft parking. Motorists are asked use the El Cielo entrance to access the airport, Blaisdell said.
For information on the conference, go to www.aopa.org/summit.